With the exception of the BeachHouse Restaurant and Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, Tropical Storm Isaac restored much of the beach sand eroded by Tropical Storm Debby earlier in the hurricane season. The area by the restaurant is always a problem for erosion, according to director Charlie Hunsicker of the Manatee County Natural Resources Department. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Tropical Storm Isaac appears to have done a good deed for Anna Maria Island.
Sand on Anna Maria Island beaches is now “about 99 percent of what is was before Tropical Storm Debby,” said Charlie Hunsicker, Manatee County Natural Resources Department director.
TS Debby made a glancing blow on Anna Maria Island in late June.
He said he reviewed the island beaches following the passage of Isaac and found improvements.
“The canals of water created by Debby along the beaches have been filled in and much sand has been added. It’s also smooth sand,” he said.
Problems with erosion, however, remain at several Coquina Beach groins and at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach he said.
“But those are always tough locations to keep sand,” Hunsicker said.
He said it might be possible to get money for immediate beach nourishment at Coquina Beach under a Federal Emergency Management Agency funding plan.
Additionally, Hunsicker has hopes that some of the funds Manatee County eventually obtains from the BP oil spill settlement might be used for emergency beach renourishment, but that’s a long way down the road, he added.
“It is an option, but something we’ll need to get public input for,” he said.
The BP funds can be used for certain projects and the Florida Counties Association is recommending each of the 23 Florida counties receiving BP money form a disbursement committee to prioritize those projects.
See more on Isaac, pages 2-3.